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Welcome to the results of our 2018 Best Marathons in the U.S. poll! Here we list the top marathon in every U.S. state organized by month, with runners-up in italics.

You can also view this list organized by state to read a brief profile on each of our winners.

THANK YOU to all who voted or posted your reviews β€” your overwhelming support enabled us to compile this list with confidence. We hope you’ll add some of these to your own wish list! πŸ‘

Disclaimer: Due to their exclusive status as World Marathon Majors (with all the prestige and advantages conferred by that status) the Boston Marathon, Chicago Marathon and New York City Marathon were excluded from the voting in their respective states (Massachusetts, Illinois and New York). It’s no secret these three races are bucket-list favorites, and our goal is to help runners discover less ballyhooed events deserving of their time and money.


Best Marathons in the U.S. by month

January

Chevron Houston Marathon – Houston, TX
Louisiana Marathon – Baton Rouge, LA
Maui Oceanfront Marathon – Lahaina, HI
Rock β€˜n’ Roll Arizona – Phoenix, AZ
Walt Disney World Half Marathon – Lake Buena Vista, FL

February

The Cowtown – Fort Worth, TX
Lost Dutchman Marathon – Apache Junction, AZ
Mercedes-Benz Marathon – Birmingham, AL
Rock ‘n’ Roll Las Vegas – Las Vegas, NV (marathon discontinued)
Rock ‘n’ Roll New Orleans – New Orleans, LA

March

Atlanta Marathon – Atlanta, GA
B&A Trail Marathon – Severna Park, MD

Bataan Memorial Death March – White Sands, NM
Myrtle Beach Marathon – Myrtle Beach, SC
Napa Valley Marathon – Calistoga, CA
Tobacco Road Marathon – Cary, NC (tie, NC runner-up)

April

Big Sur International Marathon – Big Sur, CA
Carmel Marathon Weekend – Carmel, IN
Christie Clinic Illinois Marathon – Champaign, IL (tie, IL runner-up)
Delaware Marathon Running Festival – Wilmington, DE
Eugene Marathon – Eugene, OR
GO! St. Louis Marathon – St. Louis, MO
Kentucky Derby Festival Marathon – Louisville, KY
New Jersey Marathon – Oceanport, NJ

May

Coeur d’Alene Marathon – Coeur d’Alene, ID
Lincoln Marathon – Lincoln, NE
Pittsburgh Marathon – Pittsburgh, PA
Providence Marathon – Providence, RI

June

Anchorage Mayor’s Marathon – Anchorage, AK
Casper Marathon – Casper, WY
Deadwood Mickelson Trail Marathon – Deadwood, SD
Grandma’s Marathon – Duluth, MN
Hatfield McCoy Marathon – Williamson, WV (WV winner, KY runner-up)
Missoula Marathon – Missoula, MT
REVEL Rockies – Evergreen, CO
Rock ‘n’ Roll Seattle – Seattle, WA
Run4Troops Marathon – Dyersville, IA

July

Maah Daah Hey Trail Marathon – Grassy Butte, ND
Mad Marathon – Waitsfield, VT
Madison Marathon – Madison, MT (tie, MT runner-up)

August

Anchorage RunFest (Humpy’s Marathon) – Anchorage, AK
ET Full Moon Midnight Marathon – Rachel, NV
Mesa Falls Marathon – Idaho Falls, ID
Pikes Peak Marathon – Manitou Springs, CO

September

Air Force Marathon – Wright-Patterson AFB, OH
Belleville Main Street Marathon – Belleville, IL (tie, IL runner-up)

Bozeman Marathon – Gallatin Gateway, MT (tie, MT runner-up)
Clarence DeMar Marathon – Keene, NH
Eau Claire Marathon – Eau Claire, WIΒ (rescheduled from May for 2021)
Fargo Marathon – Fargo, ND (rescheduled from May for 2021)
Jackson Hole Marathon – Jackson, WY
Omaha Marathon – Omaha, NE

Quad Cities Marathon – Moline, IL
REVEL Big Cottonwood – Salt Lake City, UT

October

Amica Newport Marathon – Newport, RI
Atlantic City Marathon – Atlantic City, NJ
Baltimore Running Festival – Baltimore, MD
Baystate Marathon – Lowell, MA
Cape Cod Marathon – Falmouth, MA
Cincinnati Flying Pig Marathon – Cincinnati, OH (rescheduled from May for 2021)
Columbia Gorge Marathon – Hood River, OR
Des Moines Marathon – Des Moines, IA
Detroit Free Press/TCF Bank Marathon – Detroit, MI
Duke City Marathon – Albuquerque, NM
Freedom’s Run – Harpers Ferry, WV

Grand Rapids Marathon – Grand Rapids, MI
Hartford Marathon – Hartford, CT
Kansas City Marathon – Kansas City, MO
Maine Marathon – Portland, ME
Marine Corps Marathon – Arlington, VA
Medtronic Twin Cities Marathon – Minneapolis, MN
Mississippi Blues Marathon – Jackson, MSΒ (rescheduled from Feb for 2021)
New Hampshire Marathon – Bristol, NH

Mount Desert Island Marathon – Bar Harbor, ME
Niagara Falls International Marathon – Buffalo, NY
Oklahoma City Memorial Marathon – Oklahoma City, OK (rescheduled from Apr for 2021)
Prairie Fire Marathon – Wichita, KS
Run Crazy Horse – Crazy Horse, SD
Savin Rock Marathon – West Haven, CT (rescheduled from Mar for 2021)

St. George Marathon – St. George, UT
Vermont City Marathon – Burlington, VT (rescheduled from May & marathon not offered in 2021)
Wineglass Marathon – Bath, NY

November

Charlotte Marathon – Charlotte, NC (tie, NC runner-up)
Garmin Marathon in the Land of Oz – Olathe, KS (rescheduled from Apr for 2021)
Indianapolis Monumental Marathon – Indianapolis, IN
Little Rock Marathon – Little Rock, AR (rescheduled from Mar for 2021)
Madison Marathon – Madison, WI
Outer Banks Marathon – Kitty Hawk, NC (marathon not offered in 2021)
Philadelphia Marathon – Philadelphia, PA
Rock ‘n’ Roll Savannah – Savannah, GA
Route 66 Marathon – Tulsa, OK
Seattle Marathon – Seattle, WA
Space Coast Marathon – Cocoa, FL
St. Jude Rock ‘n’ Roll Nashville – Nashville, TN (rescheduled from Apr for 2021)
VCU Health Richmond Marathon – Richmond, VA

December

Honolulu Marathon – Honolulu, HI
Jacob Wells 3 Bridges Marathon – Little Rock, AR
Kiawah Island Marathon – Kiawah Island, SC
Mississippi Gulf Coast Marathon – Pass Christian, MS
Rehoboth Beach Seashore Marathon – Rehoboth Beach, DE
Rocket City Marathon – Huntsville, AL
St. Jude Memphis Marathon – Memphis, TN